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Ace Kim | January 6th, 2014 | Sales News, The LEGO Movie

Amazon Discounts 70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair

70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair

I didn’t think it would happen this soon, but a Movie set has already been struck by the discount hammer. Amazon is offering 70809 Lord Business’ Evil Lair at a 21% discount down to $54.99 from $69.99 MSRP. No other Movie sets are discounted as far as I can tell. If you’re undecided about picking this up, Nick had the honors of reviewing this set.

Thanks to lithicbee for the tip.

Nick Martin | January 6th, 2014 | News

Worst. Reveal. Ever. (or, Simpsons Set Leaks Out)

Lego Simpsons

 

Updated to add a picture of the back of the box. 

Okay, it’s not a bad reveal, I just guess Lego isn’t a Stonecutter (or a member of the Ancient Mystic Society of the No Homers), and thus didn’t get the leak tube fixed before this spilled all over the internet. We’ve known for awhile that Lego Simpsons was coming out, with a few hints at minifigs and some general statements about it… but this is the first time an actual set has wandered its way to us. Thanks to Eurobrick’s Carlos S, we’ve now seen another salvo against our wallets in Lego’s never-ending war.

Personally, I’m torn on this one. I mean, at 2523 pieces, and carrying a Licensed theme, this is obviously a Direct-to-Consumer Shop@Home exclusive that’s going to be north of $200-250. More than that, without seeing the inside, there’s nothing to really wow you. Sure, the minifigs are cool, but anyone doubt that these minifigs won’t be in the CMF line (or any smaller sets that show up). And with the exception of Ned and Marge (perhaps Homer in his tie), none of the minifigs even look overly unique.

Lego Simpsons House Back

Okay, there’s the back of the house, and the interior as well. I’m curious what Ned is doing in there, since Homer could legally shoot him (unless he was invited). There’s a whole lot of blockiness to this house, and I stand by my first impression of “big tan box.” They could have done more to connect the differeht pieces to make it work, but that’s just me.

It could be that Lego is targeting this set squarely at AFOLs (not a stretch, given the price), and perhaps the whole theme, given that this show has been on the air three times longer than the minimum suggested age of the set. I’d be curious to hear what everyone thinks of this thing… for me, until I see Homer in a muumu, I’m not a believer.

Thanks to the multitude of people that emailed this set, showed up in chat, or pointed us to a whole bunch of other sites that covered this, and CloneEmperor for pointing me to the picture of the back of the box on Flickr. We’ve rehosted the images here and cropped them a little bit.

Don "Solo" Reitz | January 4th, 2014 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

MOC Madness Tournament Final Polls Open

Battle for 1st: Hando Tanstarii vs Jud Raynor
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Battle for 3rd: Pokludix Zaa vs Zoid
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The time has come, two months of building and voting all culminating in the four ships above. Forum members now had forty eight hours to sign in and cast their judgement one more time. The winners will be announced Monday night after the polls close. Good luck to the four of you!

Ace Kim | January 4th, 2014 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO.com Reveals Hi-res Images for LEGO Star Wars March 2014 Sets

75030 Millennium Falcon 1

LEGO.com updated their LEGO Star Wars section with all of the March 2014 releases. Normally, new Star Wars products launch in January but this is the first time in the history of the line that it will be launching in March due to The LEGO Movie products being pushed out in time for the film’s February theatrical debut. A total of 19 new products will launch including a brand new sub-theme, “Microfighters” also known as “Recruitment Sets”. The Micorfighters fill the gap that the now-discontinued Planet sets left behind. The majority of the regular line focuses on Episode III sets while most of the Microfighters are based on Original Trilogy ships. We’ve rehosted the images below for your convenience. Pricing remains to be seen. All new LEGO Star Wars products will launch in March.

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Don "Solo" Reitz | January 4th, 2014 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

MOC Madness Tournament Ends Tonight!

mm2013afJust a friendly heads up, the deadline is fast approaching and the last two polls will be posted in about twenty hours. It’s been a fantastic run so far and the final ships are shaping up to be pretty interesting. Check back again tomorrow night for links to the polls. As usual you’ll have two days to vote. Looking forward to it!

Ken Robichaud | January 3rd, 2014 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70813 Rescue Reinforcements

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OK, so maybe the Flying Flusher didn’t blow my mind, but how about a set that has not only the largest “Micro Manager”, but a helicopter cobbled together from a windmill and a giant fire mech? This is more like it.
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Ken Robichaud | January 3rd, 2014 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70811 The Flying Flusher

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I’m late to the party with my reviews for sets from The LEGO Movie and Nick already picked up the Glider and Cloud Palace sets, so I’m going to dig right into the two I have left. Starting with the Flying Flusher. This set seemed more interesting for the tongue in cheek aspect then the Ice Cream Machine or Trash Chomper which to me looked like more fun, but the Flusher did have those plungers… is it worth picking up for those parts alone though?
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Ace Kim | January 3rd, 2014 | Reviews, The LEGO Movie

Review: 70804 Ice Cream Machine

70804 Ice Cream Machine - 1

As far ice cream trucks go, I can say without a doubt 70804 Ice Cream Machine is the BEST ice cream truck set that LEGO has ever released. Of course it’s probably the ONLY ice cream truck set they’ve ever made so the bar is set really low but don’t let that color your judgment.

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Nick Martin | January 2nd, 2014 | News

Guardians of the Galaxy Still based on Concept Art

Guardians of the Galaxy - Lineup

Well, in case you needed a break from all of The LEGO Movie reviews or rumors of new sets, Marvel went and released a new still showing off what we can assume will be the final look for the main characters in the upcoming Guardian’s of the Galaxy. It should look familiar, since it’s based on the concept art that was floated around Comic Con (and the CGI have apparently improved since then, per buriedbybricks, who I guess watched the teaser from SDCC).

I’m pretty stoked, since as a marvel collector, the only Groot figure that’s been available is a small sapling in a planter that was less than an inch tall. Now, I can get a giant figure and do Vin Diesel impersonations! And the fact that Rocket Raccoon is in the middle, staring down whoever is taking the still, is just awesome.

Also, does anyone else look at this and feel the urge to go watch The Usual Suspects, or is it just me?

[Image found via io9.com and Marvel]

 

Ace Kim | January 1st, 2014 | LEGO CUUSOO, Sales News

21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Now Available

21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover

Just about forgot about this one. The LEGO CUUSOO winner for Fall of 2012 is now available. 21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover is the fourth submission to reach set status and will run you $29.99 for 295 pieces. This set was designed by real Curiosity Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz. If you want to read more about Stephen and the project and maybe watch a little video of him, you can check out this CUUSOO blog post, LEGO® NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Available January 1st.

Congratulations again, Stephen!